What the National Cyber Security Strategy means for your business

On 1 November the UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 was launched by the Chancellor. It is a £1.9bn programme to make the UK ‘confident, capable and resilient in a fast-moving digital world’ and protect the UK economy and the privacy of its citizens against cyber attacks that are growing more frequent, sophisticated and damaging. It recognises this isn’t “just” an… Read More

Perception vs Reality of cyber crime

Would you consider your house as secure if it had been broken into in the past year, and the police had not caught the gang that was breaking into most of the other houses on your street? Probably not. Compare this to businesses and cyber crime. A recent report indicates there is a disconnect between the reality… Read More

Is cyber crime a threat to SMEs?

With reports of SMEs averaging four cyber crimes every two years and 10% of the population being victims in the past year, it has to be seen as a real threat. But what does this actually mean to a business? The first thing to do is get beyond jargon like phishing, ransomware and DDoS attacks. Cyber… Read More

How to survive being number 1

A report has the UK as being number 1. Which you would think is a good thing, but not when it is the number 1 target for spear phishing attacks by cyber criminals. Watch our video for more details.

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a DDoS attack

What did you get your loved one for Valentine’s day? If you ordered flowers online, you might have found it more difficult than expected as florists were receiving a lot of unwanted attention from cyber criminals. Cyber criminals have shown a tendency to exploit major news and seasonal events to slip phishing and other malicious attacks past… Read More

Sharing too much on social media can be bad for you

Every few months there are stories about criminals taking information from social media sites to commit some type of ‘identity theft’ crime. The majority of stories are not very specific about the impact, or the impact is in an area that would not concern many people. But what if someone can take out a credit… Read More

Cyber insurance cover – check the small print

The insurance industry has responded to increasing cyber threats to client details, business strategy, financial details, intellectual property, passwords and employee information by offering cyber insurance to supplement existing insurance arrangements. The market is still evolving, but it typically covers hacking, computer system failure and recovery, and business interruption. Businesses of all sizes may view this… Read More

SMEs must take information security more seriously or lose out on new work

The recent Talk Talk hack, their third in a year, has been another example that a security breach has an impact on the reputation of a company and it’s share price. How Talk Talk will come out of this remains to be seen.  No doubt large companies are currently reviewing their information security measures starting with cyber… Read More

Will the publishing of UK cyber crime statistics be the wake-up call to take action?

2.5 million reported incidents of cyber crime £16 billion losses from cyber crime Credit card details selling for as little as $5 The Office of National Statistics is now including cyber crime in crime statistics.  The crimes are those falling under the Computer Misuse Act. The largest number are due to devices infected by a virus.… Read More